VMware End-User Computing Announcements

VMware announced this week the launch of several new products in the growing portfolio of End-User Computing (EUC) solutions, under the VMware Horizon family of products. The expansion of EUC products across the industry is being fueled by increasing demands for IT solutions for business users to be delivered ‘as-a-service’, as well as by the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The ability of technology departments to deliver applications, user data, and desktop as a service, while maintaining user mobility and freedom must be balanced against the need to standardize and secure … [Read more...]

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -VMware ThinApp

I've had questions from customers and have seen some musings on social media about a VMware End of Availability Notice (EOA) for VMware ThinApp.  I thought I might set the record straight here.  The EOA notice is posted on the VMware ThinApp How To Buy page, with a PDF FAQ document here: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp/VMware-ThinApp-EOA-FAQ.pdf.  From the How to Buy page, we read that ThinApp will no longer be available as of December 15, 2013, with no orders for ThinApp being accepted after that date.  This is crappy wording by VMware. ThinApp is not being discontinued!  The … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Slow Logon to VMware View Desktops

I did a bit of troubleshooting today for a customer who was experiencing very slow logon times to VMware View desktops running Windows XP.  I suspect the problem is a fairly common one so I thought I might share my troubleshooting methodology and the solution that got the login time back to normal.  Following a rigid methodology may be overkill for many troubleshooting situations.  If you strongly suspect a root cause to a problem, check the solution before digging in to analytic troubleshooting.  A little bit of Googling may eventually get you to an answer for a particular problem, but having … [Read more...]

Blank QuickLaunch Icons on View Desktop

I've been doing a several VMware View installs for customers this month.  During one of the engagements I ran into a strange issue where the Quick Launch icons on the Windows Taskbar of provisioned Linked Clones were blank.  Here's what it looked like: Clicking on the icons resulted in a warning: "Can't open this item.  It might have been moved, renamed, or deleted.  Do you want to remove this item?"  No, Windows; I don't want you to remove it, I just want you to fix it, thank you very much. I did a bit of digging and found another user on the VMware Communities forum had the … [Read more...]

Storage Basics – Part IX: Alternate IOPS Formula

It's been a long time since I published an article in my Storage Basics series - the series has been some of the top content on my site to date.  I sat for a beta version of the VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) test today and was reminded by the test of a post I had in waiting about an alternate way to calculate IOPS (hint hint - memorize these formulas).  I have several more articles sitting in draft form, but a new job, crazy kids, home improvement projects, and a wife with chronic cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks (it sounds bad - and it is - but look on … [Read more...]

Conflicting Guidance on No GUI Boot and Base Video settings for VMware View Desktops

I've been working on writing up a complete guide for optimizing VMware View desktops.  In my research I've come across some conflicting information on using the 'No GUI Boot' and 'Base Video' boot optimizations found in the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe). Why You Might Use 'No GUI Boot' and 'Base Video' Tweaks No GUI Boot The 'No GUI Boot' option disables visual elements in the Windows boot sequence (the Starting Windows screen with the swirling colored dots that turn into the Windows logo).  The idea with this optimization is that CPU cycles are needed to render, … [Read more...]

Optimize Microsoft Office and Outlook in VDI Environments

I've been working on a VMware View Optimization and Best Practices whitepaper for Clearpath.  The document isn't quite ready for publication yet, but I wanted to share a section that I've been working on as I've had several people ask me about this topic recently.  This section is dealing with deploying Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Outlook in particular in VMware View VDI environments.  Stay tuned for the full document.  In the meantime, I hope this bit is helpful to you. Microsoft Office in View Desktops Microsoft Office, including Outlook, can be deployed as a ThinApp to View … [Read more...]

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VMware View 5.1.x Now Compatible with vSphere 5.1!

I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the incompatibility of VMware View 5.1 and vSphere 5.1, but mentioned a forthcoming patch based on an update to VMware knowledge base article 2035268 (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2035268) that I saw through a RSS subscription to the article.  Good news as of last night - that patch is now available for download, making vSphere 5.1 compatible with View 5.1.  I am a bit surprised that the patch, ESXi510-201210401-BG, applies to ESXi 5.1 instead of View 5.1.  I would expect that the older View 5.1 (released in May 2012) would need to be patched to work … [Read more...]

VMware View 5.1 Not Compatible with vSphere 5.1

Update: 10/26/2012 - a patch has been released to correct compatibility between View 5.1 and vSphere ESXi 5.1.  See here for more: http://vmtoday.com/2012/10/vmware-view-5-1-x-now-compatible-with-vsphere-5-1/ VMware released vSphere 5.1 shortly after VMworld 2012.  The new release of vSphere includes features that will be of great benefit to VMware View virtual desktop infrastructures such as the new Space Efficient virtual disk (.vmdk) format and a new virtual machine format (hardware version 9) that enhances virtual shared graphics acceleration.  However, the current version of VMware … [Read more...]

Microsoft KB2661254 and VMware

Microsoft today is pushing an update to Windows via Windows Updates that increases the bit length requirements for RSA certificates.  With this update, Microsoft is requiring RSA certificates to have a key length of 1024 bits.  Some applications do not yet use a 1024 or greater key length and could be impacted by this updated.  Some examples: Internal Microsoft Certificate Authority servers that were built with a less than 1024 key will not start after the update – this will make certification validation for internally generated certs fail (could impact Outlook Web Access, vCenter … [Read more...]